CPT Palestine School Semester Report

Posted on May 9, 2019

Palestine School Report:
Education under Military Occupation,
January 2019

 

Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine – The Israeli occupation continues to impact Palestinian children and limit access to education, in al-Khalil and across occupied Palestine.

Restriction of movement and the threat of attacks from Israeli military personnel and settlers often negatively impact both school attendance and children’s school performance. The physical dangers of travel to school can cause parents to search for alternative schools or remove children altogether, while the psychosocial impact of potential violence influences a child’s ability to focus and learn well.

Restriction of movement, specifically checkpoints that children in H2 must pass through, regularly impedes children traveling to and from school, daily subjecting them to the violations of bag searches, detainment, injury, delay, and exposure to excessive military force.

Considering these factors, and at the request of local Palestinians, CPT is present at three military checkpoints in the area of H2 each morning as teachers and students travel to school: Qitoun Checkpoint/209, Salaymeh Checkpoint 29/160 and Al Ein Humrah checkpoint.

This report is based on data gathered over the course of the Fall semester, 29 August, 2018 – 9 January, 2019, at all three checkpoints. Read the full report here.

Image: Palestinians, including five-year-old children, are not allowed to walk on the road directly to the Saraya Kindergarten. They pass two checkpoints coming and going to school each day.

Palestinians, including five-year-old children, are not allowed to walk on the road directly to the Saraya Kindergarten. They pass two checkpoints coming and going to school each day.

25 November, Qitoun Checkpoint / 209
Tear gas canisters: 33
Sound grenades: 9
Arrests: 2

Over the course of two hours, as students were returning home from school, Israeli Military Forces fired tear gas and sound grenades. Soldiers entered two Palestinian homes to use the roof for surveillance and firing. On the ground, soldiers intimidated families by aiming their rifles at them. The Israeli military’s assault concluded with Israeli Border Police chasing schoolchildren in the street. A Border Police grabbed a five-year-old boy who had slipped and fell. Two Border Police grabbed a 14-year-old. Both were escorted to the inside of Qitoun Checkpoint. Each was transported to separate locations. They released the five-year-old, and arrested the 14-year-old.

Read more incidents from the report here.